upGrad Trends to Tend [December 2018 – I]

What’s happening? Where is it happening? How is it happening?

Presenting upGrad Trends to Tend where we talk about news, views and opinions across the data, digital & tech industry.

Money control reported that according to a market analysis carried out by a London-based blockchain consulting firm Dappros, India is home to the second most number of blockchain developers in the world with nearly 19,627 developers, which is second only to the United States, which has 44,979 blockchain developers as of October 24, 2018. It also means India has an edge over other countries when it comes to developing applications based on Blockchain or improving applications through the technology.


According to a report by Businessinsider, India has a serious shortage of Data Scientist even if Big Data and Data Science is one of the burning sectors in the IT world. According to the professional network LinkedIn, India reportedly has less than 10% of data scientists available globally. Which also means that India may be challenged to effectively serve the growing data servicing market. The number is likely to be a big worry for India’s competitive IT services companies who are training staff in data science.


As per a report by  The Hindu, E-learning startup,upGrad has made 400+ career transitions possible. With structured and rigorous industry-relevant programs taught in collaboration with world-class faculty, more working professionals are choosing online university education at upGrad and are comfortable studying without quitting their jobs. Up to 200% salary hike has been recorded so far by upGrad learners who have transitioned to brands like Microsoft, KPMG, Fractal Analytics, Zivame, Mindtree, PWC, Bain & Company and many more.
According to Inshorts, upGrad launches career track initiative with placement assurance which gives a job guarantee to almost 100 learners in the field of Data within 6 months of graduation. One on One mentorship from various industry experts having an experience in the field of Data, from companies like Walmart, Flipkart etc would be provided.

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Why are working professionals choosing online courses?

Online learning has become increasingly popular among working professionals. By taking an online course, you can work on your skills in your own time, and earn by doing a job in the process. They’re accessible from anywhere, and are a great addition to an on-the-go lifestyle. They are easy to complete and have the potential to benefit everyone involved, from students to educators. Online courses allow professionals to upgrade their skills and get a desired promotion or a better paying job. In the IT sector, taking up online courses is important to regularly brush up your skills to adapt to the rapidly changing technology.

What does a blockchain developer do?

When you think about the technology that powers our digital world today, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a blockchain. This technology is used for everything from digital currencies to secure data transfers, and has the potential to revolutionise a wide range of industries. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies, blockchains are revolutionising the way we do business and interact with the world. A blockchain developer is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining the blockchain infrastructure of an application or system. They write code to create and manage decentralised applications, which run on the blockchain and are designed to solve a specific set of problems. They also write code to verify transactions and keep the blockchain running.

What kind of job assurance upGrad provides?

Apart from educating students on various topics and subjects upGrad provides placement assistance as well. It is known as a career track initiative, it provides placement assurance to over 100 students within 6 months of graduation. It is only available for those students who have taken up a degree course from upGrad. It has a mentorship program which connects students to field experts working in top industries. upGrad helps students in knowing their abilities and guides them for the placement process. For many courses, they have full-time internships and practical exposure options along with placement facilities.

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